The Common Good
November 2004
Altar Call.

  • Altar Call. Thousands celebrated the reopening of Rwanda’s Episcopal cathedral in July. The original cathedral was heavily damaged during the 1994 war in which more than 800,000 people were killed.
  • Viva PBS. In the second season of the PBS drama "American Family," Conrado (played by Yancy Arias, above) is sent to Iraq where he struggles with the media’s glorification of war and must disobey a commanding officer in order to follow his conscience in obedience to a higher power.
  • Great Wall. Chinese Web-users are denied access to a wide range of foreign religious sites, according to Forum 18 news service. The Chinese government’s firewall, used to censor the Internet, blocks access to religious Web sites - including a number of Catholic sites and those related to religious persecution and the Dalai Lama.
  • Vote Watch. Global Exchange’s Fair Elections initiative is hosting international election monitors to observe U.S. pre-electoral conditions and the Nov. 2 elections. The monitors will apply internationally developed standards of electoral fairness to investigate and report on issues of concern to the U.S. electorate, according to the press release.
  • Don’t Cry. Nobel peace laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel presented new evidence against the World Bank and IMF, charging them with placing Argentina’s government in "a state of need due to the application of economic policies that were imposed - indirectly or directly - by the IMF." Perez Esquivel said, "The resulting situation risks dissolving the national state."
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